Originally Posted by Mad Pistol
In BF4, the 290X will be a little bit faster. In everything else, the 780Ti will be faster AND far quieter. I'm all for outright performance, but after I have tasted that Nvidia TITAN cooler, I'm spoiled by Nvidia... their cooler design is amazing.
My reaction was similar after going from red to green. NV really, really stepped up their game starting with the Kepler GPU - Nvidia takes the time to polish everything across the board and not just performance; while the 290X performs extremely well, there is no arguing that by the intangible metrics (software features/polish, noise, heat, reference cooler quality) that NV is the winner by a landslide, generally speaking. I do hope AMD steps it up on the software side in particular, they've had some egregious shortcomings in this department. I was the victim of 7970CF + eyefinity, I should add. Don't think i'll ever put myself through that again. Anyway, If they improve that, it will improve competition which of course is a great thing for everyone regardless of which brand they like. I must say while I love Nv products and prefer them, I don't like their pricing so much. So AMD needs to step it up (on the software side of things) so NV steps it up in terms of pricing and competition.
As far as these Mantle benchmarks. I dunno. Clearly there are benefits but it seems the high end is not gaining as much as anticipated. But it is early days for Mantle. We'll see with Thief, I guess?
Regardless, reducing CPU / driver overhead is something that needs to happen. So it is good that AMD took this step - even though the performance for high end doesn't seem to be outrageous in terms of gains, I do like what Mantle is attempting in principle. Hopefully DX12 will do the same as is widely reported.Edited by xoleras - 3/5/14 at 9:11pm